What John and Cait Ate…More Than Just Desserts
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
-John & Cait
This week in What John and Cait Ate:
John and Cait Get Their “Just Desserts”
During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
This week, Chef John walked us through each of the items on the dessert cart–a stunning display filled with cakes, pies, cookies, candies, fruits, liqueurs and more–which is designed to help you hit the sweet spot every time.
Read on for a description, photos and reviews!
After trying all of the items we’ve reviewed so far this season, we hope you’ve saved room for dessert! When your sweet tooth starts to ache, make a run for the dessert cart, which includes an assortment of items–most ranging from a modest $5-6.50 in price– such as:
- Death By Chocolate: A 3-layer, chocolate fudge cake that is to die for!
- 3-Layer Carrot Cake: A tasty way to get in your vegetables, doc!
- Strawberry Shortcake: A lighter option, but still delicious!
- Cupcakes: Choose from Red Velvet, Chocolate Decadent, or Oreo Cookies n’ Cream–no fork necessary!
- Caramel Apple Pie: A fall-inspired treat made with Granny Smith apples.
- Candy Pies: Can’t decide between candy or pie? You don’t have to with these Snickers and Reese’s variations.
- Eli’s and Suzy’s Cheesecakes: Variety is the slice of life! On any given night, there may be up to nine different kinds of cheesecake circulating throughout the park, including: Dutch Apple, Turtle, Peanut Butter, Pecan Chocolate Swirl, Triple Chocolate w/Godiva, Blackberry, New York and Ricotta.
- Edible Pastel Cups with Strawberries: Fill these chocolate cups with strawberries and a little whipped cream and you’ve got a nice treat.
- Caramel Apples: Choose from five kinds, including: Peanut, Chocolate Chip, M & Ms, Butterscotch and Sprinkles.
- Chocolate-covered Pretzels: Sweet n’ salty, a perfect one-two punch.
- Candies: Choose from a variety of candies, such as gummies, jellies, Swedish Fish, chocolates and more, some served in a souvenir helmet!
- Liqueurs: Celebrate one of Prince’s moonshots with a shot of RumChata, Tequila Rose, Bailey’s, Three Olives Triple-Shot Espresso, Godiva White Chocolate, Disaronno or Chambord! These shots come in an edible dark chocolate shot glass or in a souvenir shot glass.
Plus… If you’re looking for a quick sugar fix, track down the candy cart, located next to the dessert cart outside Suite 50. It’s treasures include Ring Pops, Starbursts, Skittles, Twix Bars, Kit Kats, Butterfinger Bars, M & M’s, Fruit Snax and more, all for around $2 per item.
After behaving like a kid in a candy store, you may be looking for something more adult. May we suggest the cordial cart? The cordial cart is a special cart, located on the PNC Club Level, where you can purchase the finest top-shelf malt scotch & whisky, blended scotch, whiskey, bourbon, cognac, rum, tequila and port wines that range from a Macallan 12 Year single malt scotch drink for $8.50 to a $150 Louis XIII cognac.
John: I don’t know where to start. I guess I can start by saying that I didn’t try everything all at once the other day. I have, however, tried everything on the cart at some point in my Brewers career. Being fortunate enough to eat a lot of my meals in the Press Box, these desserts often make their way up to the dining room. You can’t go wrong with anything on this cart, deciding what you want to eat will be the toughest part of the process. I’m a big carrot cake fan, and the Miller Park Carrot Cake is among the best I have ever tasted.
The candy pies always seem to be a hit in the Press Box, my personal favorites is the Reese’s. I was also told the the Chocolate Chip cookies are a favorite of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio. Having tried them for the first time the other day, I can see why. They were fantastic. Another one of my favorites was the jelly beans in a Brewers helmet, simple, yet fun for the ballpark.
Cait: Remember Veruca Salt? You know, the bad egg from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? “I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It’s my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now!” Yeah, well, put me in front of the dessert cart and the Veruca in me really comes out–I want it all!
Like John said, I have tried almost everything on the cart at some point during my Brewers career, so I know that all of the items are delicious, it’s just choosing one thing that presents the issue.
Here are my go-to selections:
- My absolute favorite treat is a simple one: I love the caramel apples. You feel like you’re eating something healthy because it’s fruit, but add caramel and M & M’s and you’ve got dessert. Plus, they’re big enough to share and the cart attendants will cut them up for you upon request.
- Anyone who knows me well also knows I’m a big fan of cake (well, to be quite honest, frosting, actually), so I really like the cupcakes, especially the Oreo Cookies n’ Cream variety.
- Finally, if I’m looking for something lighter, I will choose the strawberries in the pastel cup.
While many of these items are made in-house, many are also brought in daily. Chef John told us that next year, he is looking to create all of the desserts in-house, which would allow him to experiment more and create special seasonal items. This means even more items to try–bring it on!
(out of 5)
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: There are six dessert carts in Miller Park. On the Field Level, there are dessert carts outside each of the Founders’ Suite entrances (just across from Guest Relations and across from the inside ticket windows near the Home Plate Gate). On the PNC Club Level, there are dessert carts in the following locations: on the first-base side outside of Suite 41; on the third-base side outside of Suite 60; outside of Suite 46-47; and outside of Suite 50. Suiteholders can also request that the dessert cart pay a visit to the Suite.
What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!
We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!